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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Mary Heilmann: Abstract Painting

Mary Heilmann: Abstract Painting

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #116: Mary Heilmann describes a breakthrough she had of combining gestural and hard-edge abstracton in a single painting, combining …

Caitlin Berrigan, "Teeth in the Wrong Places", 2004.

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Freewaves: Video Between Their Toes

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Freewaves: Video Between Their Toes

Freewaves turned 20 this year. The grassroots new media organization that began in 1989 with a gaping, loosely defined mission to show Los Angeles to itself celebrated its birthday on …

The serenity I long to achieve this vacation... courtesy of shorefishinginformation.blogspot.com

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Gone Fishing

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Gone Fishing

Teaching with Contemporary Art is taking a break this week in order to pull back, take some vacation, and get set for the return to a new school year in …

André Leon Gray: "Black Magic (It's Fantastic)," , Acrylic, rhinestones, basketball, synthetic braided hair, street sweeper brush, shoe laces, headband, miniature clay pots, wood, cowrie shells on wood ironing board, 67 x 31 x 9 1/2 inches. Courtesy the artist.

André Leon Gray’s Eye Gumbo

André Leon Gray’s Eye Gumbo

One of the most striking things about the new West Building at the NC Museum of Art is its curatorial strategy. From almost any vantage point in the gallery, the …

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Back to School!

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Back to School!

With the last days of July upon us, I shed a tear and take a deep breath as I prepare for my final year at San Francisco Art Institute. My …

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Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 6 Recap

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Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 6 Recap

In a special series of posts, Wesley Miller watches Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, frame by frame, and attempts to uncover what it all means through the …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Summers at Ox-Bow

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Summers at Ox-Bow

We tend to spend a lot of time talking about art in terms of “work” nowadays, but we don’t always consider how important respite and retreat can be when it …

Pepón Osorio, Drowned in a Glass of Water

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week in Roundup read about Pepón Osorio’s drowned art, Allora & Calzadilla getting shortlisted, Janine Antoni in motion, and a Hiroshi Sugimoto/James Turrell art counterpoint. Allora & Calzadilla are …

Shaun Richards, "Lost Highway." Mixed media, oil, and silver leaf on canvas, 96x132 inches, 2010. Courtesy the artist.

Why Here?

Why Here?

What does it mean to live and work as an artist in the South? It would be foolhardy to suggest there is a single, unified answer to this question. I …

Doris Salcedo: Istanbul

Doris Salcedo: Istanbul

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #115: Doris Salcedo discusses her installation for the Istanbul Biennial, describing how she wanted to create a “topography of …

John Baldessari, 'The backs of all the trucks passed while driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara...', photography, 1963. Courtesy a-n.

Looking at Los Angeles

Baldessari 2.0: Jumping the Lobster

Looking at Los Angeles

Baldessari 2.0: Jumping the Lobster

Upon entering Pure Beauty at LACMA, I overheard a fellow museum-goer tell his companion, “That’s cool — it looks like a lot of my iPhone pictures.”  The viewer was responding …

A Bird, Not a Feather

Lightness

Lightness

In a lecture delivered at Harvard in 1985 (posthumously published in Six Memos for the Next Millenium), Italo Calvino describes lightness as expressive of a certain kind of possibility in …

Interior shot from our visit to Ursula von Rydingsvard's studio

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Wheels Are Rolling

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Wheels Are Rolling

From July 7th through July 14th Art21 hosted our second annual summer institute, Art21 Educators. Art21 Educators is an intensive, year-long professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K-12 …

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The Summer Slump

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The Summer Slump

Time is slowly slipping by as the thick Michigan air hangs around my studio — stagnant and hot, a veritable swamp. It is the summer between my first and second …

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Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 5 Recap

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Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 5 Recap

In a special series of posts, Wesley Miller watches Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, frame by frame, and attempts to uncover what it all means through the …

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No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Contemporary Art: Who Cares? A Discussion with Karen te Brake-Baldock

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Contemporary Art: Who Cares? A Discussion with Karen te Brake-Baldock

IMA Art Conservator Richard McCoy talks to INCCA Central Coordinator Karen te Brake-Baldock about the recent international symposium Contemporary Art: Who Cares? Research and Practices in Contemporary Art Conservation.

William Kentridge Sphinx

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Weekly Roundup

This Weekly Roundup features Kentridge’s Egyptian sketchbooks, Louise Bourgeois in The Surreal House, and Mike Kelley’s maiden voyage. Scheduled to coincide with the monographic retrospective devoted to the artist at …

Thoughts on the Practice

Thoughts on the Practice

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video I spent yesterday with two of my oldest friends. At ten, Ben and Neill came over. We’d cleared …

Pablo Picasso walking the dog

Letter from London

Letter from London: Young Americans

Letter from London

Letter from London: Young Americans

The “must-see show of the summer” is not, despite what the adverts on the buses might have you believe, the John Richardson-curated Picasso show at Gagosian Gallery. Not nearly as …

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New guest blogger: Lincoln Hancock

New guest blogger: Lincoln Hancock

Thanks to Paige Johnston for walking us through her recent travels in the Netherlands. Look out for more from her in the coming weeks. Up next is Lincoln Hancock. Lincoln …

Bill Owens, "We're really happy. Our kids are healthy, we eat good food and we have a...", 1971 (printed 1977). Gelatin silver print, 6 5/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. Collection SFMOMA, Gift of John Berggruen. © Bill Owens.

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Gastro-Vision: Feeding Suburbia

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Feeding Suburbia

In the early 1970s, Bill Owens began to document the suburban boom in the California Bay Area. Every Saturday for a year, he photographed middle-class Americans in and around their …

Announcement for SKOR's symposium "Actors, Agents, and Attendants. Speculations on the cultural organization of civility," 2010.

Who’s Keeping SKOR?

Who’s Keeping SKOR?

Living in Chicago, there’s little chance of avoiding public art. From murals to monuments, legs to eyeballs, the city is inundated. Though I will admit to enjoying cell phone photos …

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Kimsooja: Art & Everyday Life

Kimsooja: Art & Everyday Life

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE SUPPORT ART21: Final day! – Art21 seeks 14 donors to add to its list of 100 x 100 Exclusive campaign …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: The End of Temporary

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: The End of Temporary

On August 31, 2010, the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin (TKB) will close its doors as according to the original concept. With 8 major exhibitions, 3 facades, and other projects involving over 800 …

Oliver Herring, "Chris After Hours of Spitting Food Dye Outdoors", 2004   Courtesy Max Protetch Gallery

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Dear Oliver

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dear Oliver

You know what I like about Oliver Herring? Pretty much everything. Oliver was generous enough to join us for the 2nd year in a row to jump-start the Art21 Educators …

"Figure 1. Curiosity as a function of information," graph from "Naive Set Theory," by Anthony Humberman, 2007.

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Experience in Art Education

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Experience in Art Education

“An art school, it would appear, does not teach art, but sets up the conditions necessary for creative production, and by extension the conditions for collaboration and social engagement.” — …

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School’s Out for Summer – But the Work Goes On

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School’s Out for Summer – But the Work Goes On

This past Fourth of July seemed to mark the beginning of a lingering heat wave across much of the country. While I waited for the sun to set and some …

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Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 4 Recap (part 2)

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Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 4 Recap (part 2)

In a special series of posts, Wesley Miller watches Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, frame by frame, and attempts to uncover what it all means through the …

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Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 4 Recap (part 1)

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Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 4 Recap (part 1)

In a special series of posts, Wesley Miller watches Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, frame by frame, and attempts to uncover what it all means through the …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Printed Matter | Martine Syms and Marco Kane Braunschweiler of Golden Age

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Printed Matter | Martine Syms and Marco Kane Braunschweiler of Golden Age

Walking around Chicago-based concept shop Golden Age has become a rather dangerous activity for me. After setting a monthly budget for artists’ books, I often find myself going over that …

BMW Art Car, Jeff Koons

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Back after a two-week hiatus Art21 blogger Nettrice R. Gaskins takes the Weekly Roundup baton, so to speak.  In this week’s roundup you’ll read about Cindy Sherman wall decals, crying, …

Dream-in at the Hammer Museum. Photo courtesy of Machine Project.

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Machine Project: A.I.R. at the Hammer

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Machine Project: A.I.R. at the Hammer

On a recent weekend at the Hammer Museum, you may have stumbled across other visitors napping on the gallery floor and wondered if they had succumbed to museum fatigue. In …

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Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada: Runa Islam at Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal

Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada: Runa Islam at Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal

The Great White North, as Canada is affectionately known, could be called something altogether different in the heated summer months. Try “Huge Hot Land” or “Expansive Land Mass Connected by …

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Calling from Canada

New column: Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada

New column: Calling from Canada

We are pleased to announce another new column this month, Calling from Canada. Calling from Canada chronicles the burgeoning art scene across the border. The column will deliver the goods …

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Florian Maier-Aichen: Rejecting Tradition

Florian Maier-Aichen: Rejecting Tradition

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE SUPPORT ART21: In the next 7 days Art21 seeks 26 new donors to add to its list of 100 x …

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Looking at Los Angeles

One Day Only De Maria

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Looking at Los Angeles

One Day Only De Maria

In 1969, when Lee Lozano began her Dialogue Piece, a project for which she simply invited artists and others to talk with her, she called Walter De Maria twice, once …